Ruth Graham and Slate Decide to Attack President Bush's Service Dog
Excerpt: In a now famous photo, seen above, taken by President Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath, Sully is lying in front of President Bush's casket. Graham decided the response to the photo was too much and took to Slate. "Is Sully “heroic” for learning to obey the human beings who taught him to perform certain tasks? Does the photo say anything special about this dog’s particular loyalty or judgment, or is he just … there? Also, if dogs are subject to praise for obeying their masters, what do we do about the pets who eat their owners’ dead (or even just passed-out) bodies? The photograph, in other words, is not proof that Sully is a particularly “good boy” or that “we don’t deserve dogs,” as countless swooning tweets put it on Monday. On its own, it says almost nothing other than the fact that Sully was, at one point in the same room as the casket of his former boss."